Warford

Is it just me, or do you notice more people wear­ing summer at­tire in 40-degree weath­er?

Saturday night, in a Palmdale sandwich shop, a fellow strolled in wear­ing shorts, T-shirt, and flip-flops. It was 46 de­grees and breezy.

Granted, he had a little, ahem, extra pad­ding, but he didn’t ap­pear to be cold at all. He created an interesting contrast to the rest of us, bundled in hoodies, jack­ets, wool hats and scarves.

It seems every day you see people in shorts. We live in Southern Cal­if­or­nia, and it may not be Min­nesota, but we do get winter.

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I didn’t watch the col­lege football playoff cham­pionship game Mon­day night — I thought it was a rerun.

Seriously, though, this was the third time in the five-year history of the cur­rent system it was Al­a­bama vs. Clemson. What happened to the Big 12 teams?

Frankly, I liked the old Bowl Championship Series that ran from 1998 to 2013.

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If you’ve ever had a package snatched from your porch, you will love the bill proposed by South Carolina state lawmaker Cezar McKnight.

The Democrat from Kings­tree introduced a bill, “Defense Against Porch Pirates Act,” to make stealing packages a felony, punishable by up to $5,000 and five years in prison.

“It’s a serious problem,” Mc­Knight said, as quo­ted in the Columbia Post and Courier. “We need some­thing to catch the public’s attention and make it known South Car­olina takes it ser­i­ously.”

McKnight pointed out that package theft is more than just the loss of some­one’s Christmas toy. He said that’s be­cause the theft has the potential of being a “life-altering event,” par­tic­ularly if pre­scriptions are snatched from a porch, the Post and Courier re­ported.

The lawmaker rep­re­sents a rural district, with no drugstores within 30 miles, so many elderly constituents receive their prescriptions by mail.

Unlike other thieves, package thieves never know what they’re steal­ing until they open it. Might be an expensive watch; might be a bag of al­monds. Or the pills some­one needs to sur­vive.

It will be interesting to see if his bill becomes law. One thing we know — it would never stand a chance in California.

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The news was filled over the weekend with all the good economic news — oh, not so much. The economy created 312,000 jobs, about double the predicted 160,000.

Instead we heard all about the shutdown and the latest media darling, Al­ex­andria Ocasio Cor­tez.

And we heard about the actor Christian Bale thank­ing Satan for in­spir­ing him when he played Dick Cheney in a non­sense film.

The economy grew at 3.4% in the third quarter, de­spite predictions by the experts after the Trump tax cuts that they would linger around the 1.5% mark.

Former Clinton Treas­ury Secretary Larry Sum­mers wrote in the Wash­ington Post in May 2017:

“Apparently, the bud­get forecasts that U.S. econ­omic growth will rise to 3.0% because of the administration’s pol­i­cies — largely its tax cuts and perhaps also its reg­u­latory policies. Fair enough if you believe in tooth fairies and lu­di­crous supply-side econ­omics.”

Well, he’s right — it rose to 4.2%, not 3% by the second quarter of 2018.

We will no doubt con­tinue to hear predictions from the exact same experts who got it wrong.

The media did cor­rectly predict that John Kelly would be out as Trump’s chief of staff. He left at the end of last year. They predicted it about once a month since Kelly took over in July 2017.

William P. Warford’s col­umn appears every Tues­day, Friday and Sun­day.

South Carolina lawmaker wants to get tough on porch pirates.

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Jimzan

Love the porch pirate law. It's a shame it will not become a law is California, our politicians seem to put the criminals rights above the taxpayers rights.

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